Is Delta defending Cincinnati before Southwest begins service?

Delta Air Lines is expanding travel options for Cincinnati customers, with more seats, improved schedules and upgraded aircraft to the most popular destinations available this summer. Customers will experience enhanced service in 13 of the 35 destinations Delta offers in Cincinnati and a total seat growth of 6 percent in the city. Importantly, more than 75 percent of all flights will operate with aircraft providing a First Class cabin, the largest amount ever offered in Cincinnati.

Rotating infront of the old tower, LAX.

Upgrades will take place in nine major markets:

  • Expanded service in five cities with additional daily flights: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Orlando and Toronto
  • Aircraft upgrades in two markets: Denver to mainline and all Minneapolis flights offering First Class
  • Seasonal extensions in two markets: Fort Myers now operating daily throughout the summer and Seattle extending into the fall and spring
  • Additionally, Delta is improving schedules in four markets: Charlotte, Hartford, Newark and Philadelphia.

Schedules in these markets will be re-timed to allow for convenient day trips for business and leisure travelers with morning departures and evening returns. Flights will also be more evenly distributed for improved coverage throughout the day.

Delta will operate 82 peak-day departures to 35 total destinations this summer including Delta’s popular nonstop service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle in conjunction with joint venture partner Air France KLM. Cancun and Toronto service round out Delta’s international offerings.

In Response to Southwest Beginning Service to Cincinnati?

Back in early January, Southwest announced plans to begin service to Cincinnati beginning June 4, 2017.

From Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the carrier initially will offer nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) and Baltimore/Washington allowing Cincinnati travelers many of the destinations Southwest serves across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.

The carrier announced service to airports in both Akron-Canton and Dayton, Ohio, will end June 3, 2017. Employees in those cities have been offered other opportunities within Southwest.

Do you think Delta is attempting to defend its turf in Cincinnati?

 

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